Ex-Chadian president sentenced to life imprisonment

Former Chadian President Hissene Habre was on Monday sentenced to life imprisonment for several crimes by the African Special Court that was sitting in Dakar, Senegal.

The court found 73-year-old Habre guilty of rape, sexual slavery, voluntary homicides, massive human trafficking, abductions, torture and war crimes. He was equally found guilty of committing crimes against humanity.

The verdict ended a 16-year battle by victims and rights campaigners to bring Hissene Habre to justice in Senegal, where he fled after being ousted in a 1990 coup.

The former Chadian leader has 15 days to appeal the ruling.

The case which began on July 20, 2015 at the African Special Court, lasted for 56 days and saw 93 witnesses come forth to testify.

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